On Sunday, 15 students from Years 11 and 12 participated in the Model United Nations Day, which was held at Dr Challoners Grammar School.
MUN is an educational simulation and academic activity in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. It teaches participants researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. The aim is to engage students and allow them to develop a deeper understanding of current world issues.
Participants in Model United Nations conferences are placed in committees and assigned countries to represent, or occasionally other organizations or political figures, where they represent members of that body. They are presented with their assignments in advance, along with a topic or topics that their committee will discuss. Delegates conduct research before conferences and formulate positions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the member they represent. At the end of a conference, the best-performing delegates in each committee are recognized.
Our students gave speeches, in front of up to 130 people, on “Conventional Weapons”, the “Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar” and the “Ongoing Human Rights Situation in Crimea and Sevastopol”. They worked incredibly hard and threw themselves wholeheartedly into an unfamiliar, and somewhat daunting, situation.
Emily was congratulated for making an excellent speech, and Isabelle won the Highly Commended Delegate award.